Genki Ippai (博多元気一杯!!) is one of Fukuoka City’s most celebrated tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen restaurants. Loved by tourists and locals alike, their ramen soup will make you think you’re drinking milk!
Genki Ippai – Fukuoka’s Finest
Tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen comes in different forms. Some bowls are quite gentle in flavor. Other bowls are heavy or even smelly, utilizing a ridiculous amount of pork bones.
Genki Ippai’s ramen lies in the gentle flavor camp. Furthermore, there’s practically no funky pork bone smell…at all. This is despite the chefs using mostly pigs heads to make the soup here.
If you were blind-folded, you might think you’re drinking milk! If you’re looking to spice it up, you’ll find shichimi spice powder at every seat.
In the snowy white soup, the minimalist toppings are a bit hard to spot. But after digging, you’ll more clearly see kikurage (wood ear mushrooms), green negi (spring onions), and fatty chashu pork slices.
Lastly, the noodles have more water in them are thicker than most in this style (i.e. Hakata tonkotsu ramen). They soak up the soup like a yellow straw!
Things to Note
Back in the day, Genki Ippai’s owner was known for being round around the edges. You don’t have to worry about this nowadays – he’s more than softened up.
Also, they have no sign outside. Some think that the little blue bucket hanging near the door signifies that they’re open. However, this isn’t true. But when you do see this bucket, you will know you’re at the right place!
Shop Hours: 11 am ~ 10 pm (8 pm on Weekends)